Toxic people can be found anywhere, unfortunately, and in many cases, we are unlucky enough to have one in our work environment. These people tend to create a tense and exhausting environment due to their conflicting attitudes towards their peers.
Has it ever happened to you that you come home sad from work? Sadness and mental exhaustion can be signs that you are having problems in your job, and most of the time, it is because a person is breaking your patience. If you have noticed that you find yourself living with a problematic person, bordering on the toxic, here are some techniques to help you.
How to Know if my Coworker is Toxic
Toxic people tend to have very different behaviors than normal, and these tend to occur in any aspect of their life, including personal relationships. When it comes to working, the environment must be full of enthusiasm, cooperativity, and camaraderie.
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When such a negative or toxic person arrives, they break with comfort and generate conflict with other colleagues, significantly affecting work efficiency.
Characteristics of a Toxic Coworker
- He is victimized by absolutely everything.
- It generates conflict at work and personal level.
- Talk about negative things all day.
- Contempt or doubt your abilities.
- You tend not to make mistakes.
- They do not collaborate with other colleagues to make work go faster.
- They criticize the person who orders, usually the boss or the manager.
- They talk or create personal rumors about others.
When these kinds of attitudes occur, productivity tends to drop, and this is due to the discomfort and annoyance that other colleagues feel when sharing space or work with that toxic person. Likewise, the quality of care declines due to the constant annoyances and disagreements that arise.
In addition, if you are a slightly susceptible person, it can affect you at levels where you feel sad or depressed and, even, cases have been seen where the levels of tension and stress are so high that many suffer from anxiety and insomnia.
Limits are necessary, especially when we are in the presence of people who do not know and do not respect them. Toxic people tend to push boundaries and not care, so it is extremely important that you have the determination to set them yourself.
It expresses and implies the acceptable behaviors and attitudes for the work environment and rejects negative comments or rumors towards other colleagues. You can also place limits on a personal level, distancing yourself from that person or saying “enough!” When enough of complaints
Don’t Take Anything Personally.
Keep in mind that toxic people are like that with everyone and that it is not exclusively for you, therefore, avoid taking bad comments or complaints towards you very personally. Remember that these kinds of people tend to feel victims of anything, even if the mistake was on their part and make us feel like the ones to blame for that situation.
In most cases, the comments are self-reflective and said randomly only to criticize or complain about a mistake, so be patient and deaf to words with the intention of discrediting or discrediting.
Talk to Your Toxic Coworker about their Attitudes
Communication is essential in these situations so as not to lose your sanity and it is important that you confront that person and comment on how you and the team feel about their attitudes. With respect to all and delicacy to avoid susceptibilities, express how uncomfortable you feel your complaints, gossip and lack of interest in work.
Give him or her to understand, in the most graphic way possible, how their attitudes affect the whole group and to reflect on how he or she would feel in the position of other people in the work environment. Do not forget that communication is the key and if you express yourself appropriately, chances are high that he will understand and change his attitude.
The best way to relieve all that tension is to take a little break from that toxic person . If you have good friends at work, go out for coffee after lunch or at dismissal time, or get together for lunch and talk and distract yourself a bit.
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It is also important to do some recreational activity after work; you can opt for sports, study, or something as comfortable as the cinema. Remember that these situations put us under a lot of stress and pressure and it is necessary to get rid of that before we get home.
Play sports, go out with your partner or friends outside the office, go to guitar lessons or any other activity that you are passionate about.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff